Résister c'est créer ! Créer c'est résister! Lise London, Raymond Aubrac, Henri Bartoli, Philippe Dechartre, Stéphane Hessel, Maurice Kriegel-Valrimont, Georges Séguy, Maurice Voutey.
March 8, 2004, At the moment when we see challenged the base of the social conquests of the Liberation, we, veterans of the Resistance movements and the fighting forces of Free France (1940-1945), call the younger generations to live and transmit the legacy of the Resistance and its ever-present ideals of economic, social and cultural democracy.
Sixty years later, Nazism is defeated, thanks to the sacrifice of our brothers and sisters of the Resistance and the United Nations against fascist barbarism. But this threat has not completely disappeared and our anger against injustice is still intact.
We call, in conscience, to celebrate the actuality of the Resistance, not in favor of partisan or instrumentalized causes by any stake of power, but to propose to the succeeding generations to perform three humanistic and deeply political gestures, true meaning of the term, so that the flame of the Resistance never goes out.
We call first educators, social movements, public authorities, creators, citizens, exploited, humiliated to celebrate together the anniversary of the program of the National Council of Resistance (CNR), adopted in hiding the March 15, 1944: Social security and generalized pensions, control of "economic feudalism", right to culture and education for all, press freed from money and corruption, labor and agricultural social laws, etc.
How can he today run out of money to maintain and prolong these social conquests, while the production of wealth has increased considerably since the Liberation, when Europe was ruined? Political, economic and intellectual leaders and the whole of society must not resign or be impressed by the current international dictatorship of the financial markets that threatens peace and democracy.
We call then the movements, parties, associations, institutions and unions heirs of the Resistance to overcome sectoral issues, and to focus first and foremost on the political causes of injustices and social conflicts, and not only their consequences, to define together a new "program of the Resistance" for our century, knowing that fascism always feeds on racism, intolerance and war, which themselves feed on social injustices.
- Finally, we call children, young people, parents, elders and grandparents, educators, public authorities, to a real peaceful insurrection against the mass media that offer as horizon for our youth only the merchant consumption, contempt for the weakest and culture, widespread amnesia and the excessive competition of all against all.
We do not accept that the mainstream media are now controlled by private interests, unlike the National Council of Resistance program and the 1944 press ordinances.
More than ever, to those who will make the century that begins, we want to say with our affection:
"To create is to resist. To resist is to create. "